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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (420 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Romm Narrator: Ann Marie Le Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Robin Romm's The Mother Garden was published, The New York Times Book Review called her a close-up magician, saying, hers is the oldest kind [of magic] we know: the ordinary incantation of words and stories to help us navigate the darkness and finally to hold the end at bay.

In her searing memoir The Mercy Papers, Romm uses this magic to expand the weeks before her mother's death into a story about a daughter in the moments before and after loss.

With a striking mix of humor and honesty, Romm ushers us into a world where an obstinate hospice nurse tries to heal through pamphlets and a yelping grandfather squirrels away money in a shoe-shine kit. Untrained dogs scamper about as strangers and friends rally around death, offering sympathy as they clamor for attention. The pillbox turns quickly into a metaphor for order; questions about medication turn to musings about God. The mundane and spiritual melt together as Romm reveals the sharp truths that lurk around every corner and captures, with great passion, the awe, fear, and fury of a daughter losing her mother.

The Mercy Papers was started in the midst of heartbreak, and not originally intended for an audience. The result is a raw, unsentimental book that reverberates with humanity. Robin Romm has created a tribute to family and an indelible portrait that will speak to anyone who has ever loved and lost. Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stephanie | 2/17/2014

    " I can understand the pain of the loss of a parent. I lost my mom when I was five. I felt Robin's pain. I can also say that I never let the lost of my mom become a way of life. Wallowing in pain is never a good thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ali | 2/16/2014

    " Disjointed and difficult to keep track of. But that's how it is when you're in such an emotional state. Robin hadn't come anywhere near acceptance by the end of the narrative. There, she inserted an unusual gift - 12 blank pages. No instructions on what to do with this gift. But the obvious use is for the start of the reader's own grief journal. Assuming that the reader is in the same boat. (But why would anyone not grieving want to read this book?) Even in a library book, those pages cry out to be used. But nobody has yet, at least in this copy. (They have 8 copies of the book, and I was the 60-somethingth in line, so it's passed through a number of hands already. And now there are over 80 people in line!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/2/2014

    " A quick, depressing read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Leigh Hancock | 1/2/2014

    " My friend Mateo had a good point when he asked why I even read this book. I dunno. "Nothing better to do" doesn't really have the ring of truth. Maybe it was the popsicle sticks on the cover. Whatever the reason, I regreted it immensely--so much that I kept reading, hoping it would get bettr. It didn't. It's not so much that the writing is bad (although it's a bit MLA-stylized)...it's rather that the writer is so venomous toward almost everyone and especially toward the somewhat hapless hospice nurse who, you get the sense, probably has her OWN story to tell about X patient's witch of a daughter. Now the question is--why am I spending more time writing this review? "

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